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Jamestown United Way kicks off campaign

The nonprofit helps 12 agencies.

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Jamestown United Way served up chili at a kickoff event on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, at the Hansen Arts Park. United Way helps 12 agencies in the community that serve people in Stutsman County.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun
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JAMESTOWN – Jamestown United Way kicked off its annual campaign to help 12 agencies in Stutsman County with chili, games and information on Monday, May 26, in the Hansen Arts Park.

Karla Bachmeier, executive director, said United Way’s goal for the campaign, themed "Community Impact Starts With U," is $160,000. The campaign runs to February 2023 and is the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit.

Hansen Arts Park was the site for the kickoff in 2021, which was so well-attended it returned to the same location this year to promote awareness for Jamestown United Way and the agencies it helps, Bachmeier said. Agency representatives were set up to visit with the public and provide information about what they can offer and promote awareness of their services. Boy Scouts provided games and United Way served up chili.

Bachmeier said the 12 agencies provide assistance to people from infants to seniors in Stutsman County.

“We say it’s a one-stop shop because by donating to United Way that money spreads out to all the agencies through us,” she said.

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Of the money raised by Jamestown United Way, 98 percent stays in Stutsman County, she noted.

The agencies provide education, recovery and transportation resources, said Olivia Johnson, secretary and public relations/communication specialist.

Besides the campaign, the Jamestown United Way also holds other events including a golf tournament and giving out Halloween treats in McElroy Park, Bachmeier said.

“We started that when COVID hit because we wanted kids to be able to have that treat,” Bachmeier said of the Halloween event, set for Oct. 28 this year. Funds given to Jamestown United Way in honor of the late Dr. Richard Nierling that were set up in an account are used for that event, she said.

“With that account, any dividends that are received during the year are divided 20 percent to the Boy Scouts, 20 percent to the Girl Scouts and then 60 percent goes to United Way to use as we wish,” she said. “Since Dr. Nierling was a pediatric child doctor, we try to use it for kids' events.”

Jamestown United Way is also now part of Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour online giving event that helps organizations raise funds. Any funds donated at Monday’s event will go toward Jamestown United Way’s goal for Giving Hearts Day, she said.

Jodi Haugland, a social worker for Nexus-PATH Family Healing, a foster care program and one of the agencies, said funding from Jamestown United Way is put back into foster youth and foster families in the region to provide them with additional help.

For example, funds might be used for a bike or extra clothing for a child, a computer or a day out adventure, items that are additional support above and beyond what Nexus-Path provides, she said.

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“It makes a huge difference because they probably don’t have the ability or financially to acquire those things or they’ve never been given the opportunity and (it) just kind of lets them know that there’s options and opportunities out there and maybe just that extra little financial boost will be helpful,” Haugland said.

Crystal Krapp, a nurse practitioner at JRMC Clinic, is one of the nurses who works in the JRMC Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program. Last year, the program served 13 victims with examinations, medication and support, she said. The nurses in the program are from various locations in the community, said Makenzie Breitbach, nurse practitioner at JRMC Clinic.

The funding provided to SANE helps with the cost of examinations, medication and supplies.

“We might use the money for clothing because if the victim provides us with their clothing from the assault, they’ll need something to go home with …,” Krapp said.

She said attending the kickoff event held Monday is another way to create awareness of the SANE program; the service is provided at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. Victims usually learn about the program through law enforcement but can also seek services on their own if they do not report the assault, she said.

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“They can just come to the ER, say they’ve been a victim and they’d like to meet with someone,” she said. “They can be as anonymous as they want.”

Following the kickoff, United Way board members will visit with businesses about the campaign as well as conducting its mail campaign, Breitbach said.

People can also support United Way through volunteering to serve with the organization or attending its fundraising events, members said.

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For more information, visit www.jamestownunitedway.org .

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Agencies served by Jamestown United Way

Alano Society

Boy Scouts

Camp Rokiwan

Community Corrections

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Girl Scouts

James River Transit

MOST/21 Century After School Program

Safe Shelter

Jamestown Regional Medical Center SANE

Nexus-PATH Family Healing

The Arts Center

Kathy Steiner has been the editor of The Jamestown Sun since 1995. She graduated from Valley City State College with a bachelor's degree in English and studied mass communications at North Dakota State University, Fargo. She reports on business, government and community topics in the Jamestown area. Reach her at 701-952-8449 or ksteiner@jamestownsun.com.
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